Colour has the power to change the shape and size of furnishings as well as that of the room, so if you’re looking to create different moods at home, think about which colour combinations are best suited to your personality and psychological well-being.

A great colour for raising a room’s energy level and stirring up excitement. It has been shown to raise blood pressure, respiration and heart rates. A red living or dining room can draw people together and stimulate conversation.

The colour of sunshine, which communicates an overall feeling of happiness. Best used in kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms to energise and lift spirits. It can also be used in small spaces to make them feel more expansive and welcoming. Avoid using as a main colour scheme however, as it can create feelings of frustration and ignite tempers in large amounts.

Calming, relaxing and serene, blue is recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms thanks to its ability to bring down blood pressure and slow heart rates. Do watch the shade of blue however, as the wrong one – especially dark blue – can give off a sad, chilly feel. Warmer hues such as cerulean and turquoise help encourage relaxation.

The most restful colour for the eye, green is best used in bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms. It encourages relaxation while providing a comforting warmth. It is also said to relieve stress.

Rich, dramatic and sophisticated, purple creates a feeling of luxury and creativity. Lighter shades like lavender and lilac can bring a relaxing quality to bedrooms. Purple can provide a coloured accent that gives a room’s main colour scheme more depth.

Neutral colours like black, grey, white and brown are extremely flexible. You can add colour accents to liven things up, or remove them to calm the mood. Black is best used as a colour accent to ground the main colour scheme and give it depth.

Elizabeth Png is the retail and consumer business director at Hafele Vietnam. She can be contacted at